Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 2, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 2, 2024 

Unveiling the Healing Powers 
of Native Flora and Fauna 
with Matthew Teutimez

Pasadena to Hold Online 
Property Management 

and Landlord Workshop 

San Marino Upcoming 
Events & Programming

Complete the Budget Priority Initiatives Survey by Sunday

 The deadline to complete the Budget Priority Initiatives Survey 
is Sunday, March 3! Join us in shaping the future of San Marino. 
Public participation is crucial in the budget process. Take a 
moment to complete the 2024 Budget Priority Initiatives Survey 
- your insights will directly influence the Mayor and Council in 
their FY24-25 Budget Discussions. Let's work together for a better 

Lunar New Year Festival Postponed to March 10

 The Lunar New Year Festival, previously scheduled for Sunday, 
March 3, has been postponed to Sunday, March 10, due to 
anticipated rainy weather over the weekend. Please update your 
calendars and come celebrate Lunar New Year with the Chinese 
Club of San Marino and the community at Lacy Park on the 
rescheduled date. The event will take place from 10 AM to 3 PM 
and promises a day filled with fun park activities, performances, 
entertainment, games, and delightful food. Admission is free, so 
make sure to mark your calendar and join us for an amazing time.

Coffee Connections

Weekly on Monday and Wednesday from 9 – 11 AM, San Marino 
Community Center, Fireside Room

 Come spend your mornings with neighbors, friends, and a hot 
cup of coffee at the newly renovated Community Center! Free 
coffee will be provided. Stay for a variety of organized activities 
like bingo, chair volleyball, and lectures beginning at 10 AM. This 
program is for active adults ages 55+. Registration is required.

Slime Therapy

Thursday, March 7 at 3 PM, Barth Community Room

 School got you stressed out? Teens in grades 6-12 are invited 
to join us in creating slime, a mindfulness activity which can 
help calm the nervous system. All materials will be provided. 
Registration is not required.

Native American Tribal Dance and Culture

Saturday, March 9 at 2 PM, Children’s Area

 Spring is an important time to many Native American cultures as 
it signifies rebirth, renewal, and the return of animals and flowers. 
Join Ben Hale, a member of the Navajo tribe, as we welcome the 
spring equinox. In brilliant, authentic regalia, Ben will introduce 
a variety of dances and stories from tribes across North America. 
Registration is not required.

East Meets West Parent Education Club

Sunday, March 10 from 2 – 4 PM, Barth Community Room

 This multicultural parent club presents professionals who share 
their knowledge and pass on skills to the local parents on how 
to raise their children in an international and competitive world. 
Although the program is presented in English, Mandarin speakers 
will be on hand to translate. Registration is not required.

Maker Mondays

Monday, March 11 at 3:30 PM, Barth Community Room

 Is your child a budding engineer or LEGO fanatic? Then join us 
for this new monthly STEM program where kids ages 4-11 will 
build unique and open-ended creations with a surprise material 
each time. Will it be LEGOs or KEVA planks? Straw builders or a 
marble run? Only one way to find out! Registration is not required.

ROCK LACY! Battle of the Youth Rock Bands

Auditions: Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM – 1 PM, San Marino 
Community Center

Showcase Competition: Saturday, April 20 at 12 PM, Lacy Park

 Calling youth rock bands ages 19 and under! Sign up for our 
inaugural ROCK LACY! Battle of the Youth Rock Bands, a 
competition of local bands to win the grand prize of 2 hours of 
studio recording time and a main stage performance at the City's 
4th of July Independence Day Celebration! Complete the online 
application by March 14 at 5 PM. Finalists will be invited to an 
audition on March 23. Six bands will be selected to compete at 
ROCK LACY! on Saturday, April 20 starting at 12 PM. Open to 
any youth band in the LA County area. For more information, 

Spring Stroll & Sidewalk Sale

 Join the community for a delightful 'Spring Stroll & Sidewalk 
Sale' on Saturday, March 23rd, from 11 AM to 4 PM at The Shops 
at Mission Village in San Marino! Embrace the local charm as we 
encourage our community to shop, dine, and live local. Bring your 
friends, family, and neighbors for a shared shopping experience 
and a fantastic opportunity to support local businesses! See you 
on March 23rd


Design Review Committee

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 PM; Barth Room and Zoom 
(Public Access)

Recreation Commission Meeting

Monday, March 11 at 6:00 PM; Barth Room and Zoom 
(Public Access)

City Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 13 at 6:00 PM; City Hall Council 
Chambers and Zoom (Public Access)

The City of Pasadena Rental Stabilization Department will be 
hosting an educational workshop designed for landlords and 
property managers. The “Beyond the Basics” workshop is scheduled 
to take place via Zoom on Tuesday, March 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 
p.m., and registration is highly encouraged.

 Facilitated by Stephanie Chandler, Esq. of the Housing Rights 
Center, the workshop provides valuable insights from her extensive 
legal experience guiding landlords and tenants to comply with 
Pasadena’s rent control regulations.

 This marks the second comprehensive workshop, and in line with 
any new law, the Rent Stabilization Department aims to provide 
clarification and education to landlords, property managers, and 
tenants. Attendees of the Beyond the Basics workshop can expect 
interesting discussions covering topics including the recently 
established petition process, rent rollback, legal rent increases, just 
cause for evictions, clarification on Section 8 and its application 
to Pasadena Rent Control Laws, and relocation. While these 
workshops do not substitute professional legal counsel for specific 
situations, they offer valuable free insights from an attorney about 
compliance with the measure and general experiences. Spanish 
language interpretation will be available for this online workshop. 
In addition to the topics covered, Rent Stabilization Department 
Interim Executive Director Phillip Leclair will introduce landlords 
and property managers to the new City department and provide an 
overview of efforts underway to launch new services. 

Workshop information:

 Beyond the Basics: Landlord and Property Management 
Workshop will be via Zoom on Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 pm-8 p.m.; 
registration: Space is limited, and 
registration is recommended.

 Learn more about the Pasadena Rent Stabilization Department by 

 The Pasadena Rental Housing Board meets at 6 p.m. on the 2nd 
and 4th Wednesdays at the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 
1081 North Fair Oaks Avenue

 On Tuesday, April 16, at 
7:00 p.m. in the Library 
Community Room (1115 
El Centro), special guest 
speaker Matthew Teutimez, 
Elder of the Gabrieleño Band 
of Mission Indians – Kizh 
Nation, and Biologist and 
Director of Resources for the 
Tribe, will present Greening 
South Pasadena: Unveiling 
the Healing Powers of Native 
Flora and Fauna for Earth and 
Body. Matthew specializes in 
ethnobotanical and cultural 
uses of native flora and fauna-
-including food and medicine-
-and will discuss sustainability 
for the present and future 
generations residing in the Los 
Angeles Basin.

 Matthew Teutimez is an 
enrolled member of the 
Gabrieleño Band of Mission 
Indians – Kizh Nation, and has 
been designated by his Tribe 
to possess and share Kizh-
Gabrieleño cultural knowledge 
and practices taught to him by 
Chief Ernie P. Teutimez-Salas 
along with multiple Elders of 
the Kizh-Gabrieleño Tribe.

 Matthew received both his 
Bachelor and Master of Science 
degrees in Biology from 
California State University, 
Long Beach and is a visiting 
scholar at the University of 
Southern California, working 
on an interdisciplinary and 
multi-university project 
to map and describe the 
landscape history of the Los 
Angeles Basin. He is a member 
of several committees and 
workgroups including the 
California Environmental 
Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) 
Tribal Advisory Committee; 
CALEPA’s Community Science 
Model Workgroup; the City of 
Los Angeles’ Tree Ambassador 
Program; and Los Angeles 
Sanitation & Environment’s 
Biodiversity Workgroup.

 Matthew is also the founder 
and executive director of 
an indigenous non-profit 
known as Xārvo – Laboratory 
for Indigenous Knowledge 
Systems, which was created to 
integrate and apply indigenous 
methods and knowledge into 
environmental stewardship, 
food, medicine, and land 
management projects.

 This program is part of 
the Library’s Sowing South 
Pasadena initiative, which will 
present a series of programs and 
activities from January through 
May 2024 that celebrate 
sustainability and promote 
community engagement. 
Sowing South Pasadena is 
supported in whole or in part 
by the U.S. Institute of Museum 
and Library Services under 
the provisions of the Library 
Services and Technology Act, 
administered in California by 
the State Librarian.

City of Pasadena to Replace 
Water Mains along Fair Oaks

 Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) announced last week 
that they will be replacing two, 
90-year-old water mains along 
Fair Oaks Avenue as part of 
a major water infrastructure 
upgrade beginning in March. 
The project will span from 
Washington Boulevard to 
Montana Street along Fair Oaks 
Avenue. When completed, the 
upgrades will enhance water 
service reliability for the area 
they said.

 According to officials, to 
minimize impacts on area 
residents and businesses, 
construction efforts will be 
contained to approximately 
one block at a time. At least one 
driving lane will always remain 
accessible in both directions. 
At least one driving lane will 
always remain accessible in both 
directions. During construction, 
crews will use a variety of 
heavy equipment, including 
excavators, backhoes, loaders, 
and construction trucks, which 
may cause some noise and 
dust in the area. Traffic signs 
and delineators will be used to 
minimize the impact of traffic 
flow along Fair Oaks Avenue.

 During the project, businesses 
and residents located between 
Montana Street and Washington 
Blvd may be impacted. 
Construction will intermittently 
affect water service. Notices 
of any water interruption will 
be given at least 48 hours in 
advance and special efforts 
will be taken to keep any other 
inconveniences to a minimum. 
The work will occur Monday 
through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 For more information, visit 
PWP’s website, at PWPweb.
com/FairOaks or call PWP 
Water Distribution at (626) 744-

City officials are inviting the 
public to attend an upcoming 
community gathering “Local 
Treasures: Art, History & 
Places” on Saturday, March 
16 at ArtCenter College of 
Design. This event is a joint 
effort between the Historic 
Places Pasadena: Completing 
Our Story Project, the Robinson 
Park Recreation Center Public 
Art Project, and ArtCenter 
College of Design. 

 “As part of the Citywide 
Historic Resource Survey, this 
event is a great opportunity for 
residents to learn more about 
Pasadena’s history, engage with 
the city’s public art and historic 
preservation programs and 
experience some of ArtCenter’s 
programs,” said Jennifer Paige, 
Director of Planning and 
Community Development.

 Attendees will be able to view 
displays showcasing Pasadena’s 
history and development and 
speak with local researchers and 
artists who are looking to hear 
from the public in this effort 
to document and recognize 
historic resources. 

 In addition, ArtCenter 
will offer opportunities to 
view historic materials of its 
Pasadena campuses, learn tips 
to preserve your family photos, 
experience hands-on printing 
at ArtCenter’s Archetype Press, 
managed by the Hoffmitz 
Milken Center for Typography, 
and learn about ArtCenter’s 
Extension (“ACX”) programs 
for youth including viewing 
student artwork and entering a 
raffle f or one free ACX Kids or 
Teens class (value $500). 

 The event, will take place from 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 ArtCenter College of Design 
is located 950 S. Raymond Ave.

Art, History 
& Places 

Pasadena Election Charter 
Amendments R, S, and T

 City officials released a 
rundown last week of Measures 
R, S, and T to be on Tuesday's 
Election ballot so residents 
can decide whether to approve 
amendments to the Pasadena 
City Charter –the City 
Council voted unanimously 
in December to move forward 
with the Measures. 

 The charter amendments, if 
approved by the majority of 
voters, will enable the city to 
update outdated codes and 
language, adapt to changes, 
eliminate burdensome 
processes, set limits, and 
ensure that resources are used 
effectively, ultimately saving 
money and benefitting the 

 According to city officials, 
these measures are not a new tax 
and do not increase taxes. The 
measures also do not increase 
utility rates; in fact, Measure R 
maintains a 4 percent reduction 
in the utility transfer approved 
by voters in 2020 they said. 
For financial transparency and 
public accountability, it will 
require updating the Pasadena 
accounting method to align 
with Generally Accepted 
Accounting Principles (GAAP). 
The proposed update to the 
accounting method will 
lead to improved financial 
management and the ability to 
allocate resources to essential 
services such as 911 response, 
fire, paramedic, public health, 
street repairs, and senior and 
homeless services.

 The Measure S amendment 
will require the City Council 
to set limits by ordinance for 
contracts, purchases, and claim 
approvals. It will maintain 
oversight, improve city response, 
and enhance efficiency in 
executing contracts. Measure 
S streamlines the procurement 
process and eliminates a 
burdensome process for a 
contractor/business owner 
and the city, allowing for more 
efficient handling of contracts 
to save time and money. The 
amendments will help identify 
inefficiencies, unnecessary 
expenses, and potential waste, 
ensuring that public funds are 
used wisely and projects are 
executed within budget.

 Measure T is an amendment to 
the Charter that will allow the 
city to create alternative contract 
selection methods that can be 
more efficient, transparent, and 
accountable for bidding and 
delivering public improvements. 
The amendment will attract a 
broader range of vendors and 
contractors, fostering increased 
competition, leading to better-
quality services and innovative 
solutions, and ensuring the best 
value for its investments.

 Under Measure T, the alternative 
project delivery method is 
designed to expedite the project, 
resulting in significant time 
savings. It allows the city to 
adapt to industry best practices 
that lead to practical and 
modern approaches to project 
management and contract 
selection while complying 
with rules and regulations. 
Additionally, allowing for 
additional contract selection 
methods, particularly those that 
improve the chances of hiring 
local businesses, contributing 
to the community’s economic 
development, creating job 
opportunities, and stimulating 
our local economy. 

 Measures R, S, and T maintain 
accountability provisions, 
such as public disclosure of all 
spending and annual financial 
audits, while updating outdated 
language and codes. 

 In 1886, Pasadena was officially 
incorporated. By 1901, Pasadena 
had evolved into a Charter City 
with an elected Mayor through 
a vote of the people. In the 
following years, the City saw 
significant improvements with 
the installation of amenities 
such as sewers, paved streets, 
and electric street lighting. Over 
the decades, amendments to 
the Charter helped modernize 
and improve city governance. 
For more information visit

Pasadena to 
Enforce Dog 
Leash Laws

With an increase of 
community reports of off-
leash dogs at Pasadena parks, 
city officials are reminding 
the public to leash dogs at all 
times while visiting city parks, 
with the exception of Alice’s 
Dog Park in Viña Vieja Park 
and Playhouse Village Dog 
Park which are designated off-
leash areas.

 Pasadena Municipal Code 
(PMC) 6.12.010 prohibits 
off-leash dogs in City parks 
outside of designated off-leash 
areas. Those who violate the 
code are subject to citation, 
which may result in a fine up 
to $500.

 To ensure the safety of all park 
visitors, the City of Pasadena 
will begin issuing citations 
to dog owners with dogs off-
leash starting Thursday, Feb. 
22. Pasadena Humane will 
enforce leash requirements 
and continue to provide the 
community with education on 

 “Our focus is to ensure 
that public spaces remain 
safe for all park visitors,” 
said Pasadena Public Health 
Department Deputy Director, 
Manuel Carmona. 

 Leashing dogs reduces the 
risk for dog attacks on other 
dogs and humans, and lowers 
the risk of other accidents, 
such as dogs being hit by 
passing cars.

 Pasadena park visitors who 
witness unleashed dogs can 
report their concerns to 
Pasadena Humane at (626) 
792-7151 ext. 102.

 For more information, visit:

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